What we're about

Welcome to Hiking With Dean, the largest and most popular hiking group in the country and 2nd largest in the world (after Hong Kong Hiking Meetup)*

Our hikes are based upon a simple philosophy: You should be able go out your front door and within a few minutes be on trails winding your way through the local wilderness. With rugged coastlines, lush valleys, and craggy mountain peaks that harbor a wealth of wildlife, including deer, bobcats, dolphins, quail, coyotes, and the elusive mountain lion, the local hiking trails in and around Los Angeles provide us this opportunity.

Be sure to visit our web site at https://www.hikingwithdean.com

Hike reports are provided so that you can review your adventures when you get home.

Once a month or so we'll leave our comfort zone and explore the trails of Santa Barbara, Orange County and Palos Verdes. During the Spring and Summer months I'll be leading evening and full moon hikes during the week (byob!).

Beginners are welcome to join the group and attend our easy and beginner hikes.

As a HWD member you are eligible to join our VIP Hiking Club (https://www.hikingwithdean.com/hwd-vip-club/). Enjoy many benefits not available in other groups, for example, breakfast at the trail head, free prizes and other goodies, hiking secret and forbidden trails, no waiting lists, etc. Sounds better than the usual "please donate" doesn't it? For more information please visit the VIP web site (https://www.hikingwithdean.com/hwd-vip-club/).

THE RULES

• Don't be a flake by signing up and not showing up

• No dogs unless indicated in hike description (our special dog-friendly hikes)

The following is not a rule, but if you want to avoid being a victim of sarcastic remarks do not ask how long a hike is going to take. Hint: An eight mile hike takes about twice as long as a four mile hike.

*HWD has the largest membership per capita leader

Please, no dogs unless otherwise indicated in hike description.

Proud Member of:

Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council
California State Parks Foundation
The Mountains Restoration Trust
Montecito Trails Foundation
Conejo Open Space Foundation

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By joining you agree to the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver (http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/pages/Liability_Waiver/)

A Few Testimonials

Dean is a wonderful leader. He really paid attention to the needs of the group. He facilitated the group, but didn't control the group. I will attend again -- Kimmy

If Dean [one of the original SoCal Meetup-ers mind you] would ever write a book on hiking SoCal [as he rightfully should] it would be a must-buy. Dean is both knowledgeable and adventurous. Conscientious and kind. I would have no problem hiking with Dean anywhere. - Les

Dean is a great hike leader. He knows the trails. — Lydia

The group leader Dean is very conscious of all of us hikers as a group. We all get to trek at our own pace comfortably and still stay together.He's got an agenda planned with an extra twist on where we are going to hike. — elyse

Dean is an excellent group leader who knows the trails very well. He is always looking out for the welfare of his hikers. The group attracts some of the most pleasant people you can hope to meet. — Bruce

What can I say? This group ROCKS!!! Some of the friendliest people I have met and the Organizer, Dean is a sweetheart! - Sara

Dean has organized the best group of hikers who like to hike and have fun. — Blake

Dean is extremely knowledgeable and serves up a seemingly endless array of hikes. A very pleasant and down-to-earth group of people who are easy to get to know ... and like — Drew

Dean is a strong hike leader with a friendly and outgoing group of people who know how to have fun while hiking - Laura

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Upcoming events (4)

Post-Hike Lunch with Gordon Ramsay

Your Living Room

Los Toros in Chatsworth WAS a regular post-hike lunch venue for our Chatsworth hikes. For the last few years its been one to avoid, and Gordon agrees... See more here: https://www.hikingwithdean.com/event/post-hike-lunch-with-gordon-ramsay From TV Guide - Gordon Ramsay's "Hell On Wheels" travels to Los Toros, a decades-old Mexican restaurant located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. After intense investigation and surveillance, Chef Ramsay and his team discover an over-worked owner, buried in astronomical debt that's taking tolls on his health. Ramsay will try to bring this failing restaurant back from the brink of disaster—all in just 24 hours. Watch it on Amazon Prime: https://amzn.to/2GqRyHL WEDNESDAY, FEB 20, 8:00PM FOX See more at

O'Melveny Park to Mission Point - a Loop Hike

O'Melveny Park

Hike is a 4.5 mile loop and strenuous with all 1,500' of elevation gain during the first 2 miles For more details and pics see https://www.hikingwithdean.com/event/omelveny-park-to-mission-point-a-loop-hike/ To get there, exit the 118 freeway at Balboa Boulevard in Granada Hills. Drive north two miles to Sesnon Boulevard. Go left (west) and continue 0.6 mile to the parking lot for O’Melveny Park on the right. The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per the ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER - https://www.meetup.com/localhikers/pages/322667/Liability_Waiver/

Calabasas Peak Without the Fireroads - Dogs OK!

***NEW DATE*** Our destination is a familiar one but on this trek we'll stay off the fire and service roads that everyone else uses. Hike is 4.7 miles with about 1,200 feet total ascent. More details and pics here: https://www.hikingwithdean.com/event/pre-game-hike-calabasas-peak-without-the-fireroads-dogs-ok/ Don't forget to join our FB group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/hikingwithdean/ Dogs ok No beginners Post hike lunch at Maria's Italian Kitchen in El Camino shopping center at 23331 Mulholland Dr. Its to the left of Wells Fargo Directions The trail head is located on Mulholland Hwy less than a fifth of a mile west of Dry Canyon Cold Creek Road. Note that on the Meetup map there is a red and a gold pinpoint. Aim for the gold one See my interactive map (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1l1EEA8jjzl0sxbC5G_PfLVDodp4&usp=sharing) Coordinates:[masked], [masked] (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1l1EEA8jjzl0sxbC5G_PfLVDodp4&usp=sharing) From the 101 freeway in Agoura/Calabasas, head South on Las Virgenes Road to Mulholland Hwy. Turn Left on Mulholland and continue 5.7 miles to a small parking area on the right. or.... From 101 Ventura Fwy in the Vally: take Valley Circle/Mulholland Dr exit south, turn right on Valmar Rd (becomes Old Topanga Cyn Rd) then right on Mulholland Hwy 2.1 miles to the parking area on the left. From PCH take Topanga Canyon and turn left up Old Topanga. Take a left at Mulholland Hwy for a couple miles and then turn left onto turnout. If you are coming up Malibu Canyon take a right at Mulholland for 5.7 miles Park off-pavement. There is overflow parking 500' south ("west") across the street next to the house. Click for map (https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zj-8HsFWf0b8.k4q5XWXamcxQ&usp=sharing) Bring at least 2 qts water, snacks, sunscreen. The Organizers and members of Hiking With Dean are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per our ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER and Section 6.2 of the Meetup.com Terms of Service.

VIP Hike: Cold Creek Adventure

Santa Monica Mountains

YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF THE VIP CLUB TO ATTEND THIS HIKE Please visit http://www.hikingwithdean.com to join the VIP Club. ================================================= The first time we explored this one it started raining. Have you ever tried bushwhacking in the rain to find a trail that hadn't been used since the 90s? We gave up, but returned later and found our trail, thus creating a brand new loop hike just for our VIPs! My secret trail connects the Cold Creek Preserve with a segment of the Backbone Trail. We'll take a couple of side trips to the VIP Clubhouse and an old water tank. See https://www.hikingwithdean.com/event/vip-hike-cold-creek-adventure/ for more details and directions Post hike lunch at Maria's Italian Kitchen in El Camino shopping center at 23331 Mulholland Dr. Its to the left of Wells Fargo. The corkage fee is only $10.00 We'll be hiking through uncharted meadows ...some optional rock climbing.... ....meandering between trees and bushes.... Nothing like a cold shower under the weeping rock We will be hiking off-trail that will most likely require some bushwhacking and poison oak avoidance. Wear long pants, long sleeves and good hiking boots. Hike is about 6 miles with 1,200 ft total ascent. Expect the unexpected. You must be a member of the VIP Club to attend this hike. Please visit http://www.hikingwithdean.com to join.

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